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I Sell Comics

Our story today comes to us from the folks at “Tell ‘Em Steve-Dave”. They had a bit of a contest back in June where listeners were given a set of lyrics written by Walt Flannagan and challenged to write a song based on them. I know this was awhile ago by Internet standards, but this music writer was busy finishing school and moving. The old cliche tells us “better late than never,” however, so let’s do this.

 

While the contest itself was interesting to us, the real focus here is one entry in particular done by “Courage My Love,” twin sisters from Canada who now have one damn good song and a video on YouTube to go with it. Musically their version of the song sounds a bit like Paramore, which is fine by me since I am a fan of their music as well. The video for it has the girls selling comics on the street, lemonade stand style. The table is strewn with comics and a sign that says “I Sell Comics”. It tells the story of how they make comics desirable to their audience. I found it to be a good use of the base they were given and the materials they had on hand to create something fun and unique. Below you will find the video in question, as well as a copy of the lyrics they had to work with.

 


I SELL COMICS

What manner of creature stands behind this counter
Man or machine is the big mystery
and with every transaction I cement my place in history.

My fingers dance over the register keys leaving your mouth agape
and it’s not ’cause I make King Kong look like just another ape
but it’s just another sale to this comics-selling alpha male.

CHORUS
I could sell comics to a blind man
a Wednesday warrior through and through
and you’ll buy everything I tell you to.
I sell comics baby. Comics baby. Comics baby. Oooooooo…..Yeahhhhhhhh

GUITAR SOLO

In WW two the allies kicked nazi ass and Hitler sobbed nein, nein, nein
Just like my competition when they hang that going out of business sign.

REPEAT CHORUS

Song ends with register sounds, drawer opening/closing

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Overturn: The Web Series Review

 

With my interest in the web series format, I embarked upon my viewing of the Overturn series with eagerness. Part science fiction fantasy and part mystery, the series follows main character Christopher Gabriel whose very existence is threatened. All his life he’s been plagued by nightmares and has never been able to gain any relief from them. However, his condition may have more negative connotations than simply a night of missed sleep. He’s kidnapped and tortured by a group of people who seem to know more about him than he knows about himself. The question then is, will he be forever changed when he learns the truth about who or what he is?

 

The episodes themselves are very short, ranging from three to five minutes apiece. Currently four have been released, with the fifth debuting on March 16th. I have to say that the production quality is higher than I’ve seen in many web productions, so the storyline is enhanced as a result. The disjointed nature of what’s real and what’s a dream puts you inside Christopher’s head and makes they viewer just as disoriented as he is. The whole idea is to find out the truth and you’re taking the journey right along with him. I would suggest that viewers read the short back-story blurb that’s on the website, just to orient themselves with the plot, though. I found my viewing enriched by knowing the basics beforehand.

 

As both a web series and a storyline in general, Overturn holds much promise for its viewers. I’m interested to see where it goes and what the big reveal might be. As long as the new episodes come out regularly, the audience for this endeavor will definitely be retained. They’ve already got me hooked. Come join the journey!

 

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@Molly23 and @Nerdist look different today. Hmm, more mature in a way…

Yes, today is the birthday of both Molly Lewis and Chris Hardwick! But they’re not alone!

According to “Brainy History”, they share this day with:

1992 Miley Ray Cyrus, pop-rock singer, actress, 100 Most Influential People in the World list, Time magazine, 2008, star of Disney’s ‘Hannah Montana’, debut album, ‘Meet Miley Cyrus’ had first top ten single, ‘See You Again’
1970 Oded Fehr, born in Tel Aviv, Israel, actor, television, appeared in NBC series, UC: Undercover, films include, ‘The Mummy’, ‘The Mummy Returns’
1948 Bruce Vilanch, born in New York City, New York, comedy writer, appeared regularly with Whoopi Goldberg on Hollywood Squares, appeared in Bosom Buddies, Law & Order, wrote for show Billy Crystal, Academy Awards host
1888 Harpo Marx, Adolph, New York City, actor/comedian, Marx brothers
1887 Boris Karloff, William H Pratt, Dulwich England, actor, Frankenstein
1887 Paul Malengreau, composer
1859 Billy the Kid, William H Bonney, New York City, criminal

Plus a lot more… You can find that info on their site.*

I know all the Nerds in Babeland wish you two the very best of birthdays! May today be filled with everything you want and nothing you don’t! I got a bit verbose in wishing them the best so I did two posts explaining how I was introduced to these two spectaculous** people and why you should be as enamored with them!

For Molly: Today is Molly’s 21st birthday. I am probably not the only person letting out a sigh and muttering “FINALLY!” Molly is an extremely talented musician who had some pretty rough experiences this year when asked to join in on the w00tstock fun (among other appearances). Even though she was a performer, she was not able to chill inside the venue when w00tstock held hands with SDCC the weekend of July 23-25, 2010. So, being the adventurous (and most likely bored) girl that she is… NINJA GIG outside! She took requests and hung out with people until she was able to go in to perform, then I believe she returned and chilled some more. I didn’t get to go. I was stuck on the East Coast. If anyone has vid of the NINJA GIG I would love to see it! (I keep going at this point. Too much for this double birthday post.)

For Chris: Besides his time as “Hard” (of Hard’N’Phirm), Chris also has his hands in many other pots. So many, I’m thinking he’s part octopus. An octopus with pots of something. Chris writes for Wired, hops into reviews for G4′s AOTS most recently sporting an admirable lipwarmer (That’s a mustache, ya’ll), hosts Web Soup on the G4, rocks the stand-up stage, tweets like a maniac, live-actions (Yep. I just made that a verb.) in some stuff and lets Rob Zombie kill him, does a lot of voiceworks, hosts his own podcast, blogs for his own website, and co-birthed a nerdsourcing website that he provides bandwidth for. (Once again.. I keep going.)

So Happy Birthday Chris and Molly! If I knew how to make this, I would send each one of you a shark car. Because… Well… It’s awesome.

* By the way Jules… I’m so happy you introduced us to this Curate thing. It’s wicked friggin shiny. I’m going to abuse the heck out of it.
** I use made up words. But… If you watch BSG, you should be used to that already.

Music of the Moment: Son of Dave

Recently, a friend had posted a few videos of this amazing artist on his facebook page. The videos blew my mind. In fact, here’s one. Start it up and either keep reading or groove out then continue.

Oh, and before I forget. Thank you Andrew. I LOVED watching the videos you had posted. You are pretty much my music soulmate.

Amazing, right? He reminds me a little of Tom Waits, without the throat issues. Yes, the video is a cover of the song by Dizee Rascak and Armand Van Heldon, but it shows you pretty much how this man works. A mixture of blues, hip-hop, alternative, and beatbox is what you have to look forward to when you treat yourself…

… for the rest of this review if you dig the artist, please visit my site at www.cranialspasm.com

Nostalgia

I miss when they use to make commercials that told a story. Nowadays, it’s all about the angle of the product.

One of my favorite commercials is the Volkswagon commercial for their Cabrio car. It originally aired in the year 2000 (cue Conan), and has always stuck with me. The simplicity of 4 friends riding in a convertible, enjoying the evening together, makes me wish I could take a trip like that. Volkswagon, back in the late 1990s, had another great commercial with Styx and “Mr Roboto” (8 speaker casette stereo system!). ‘Pink Moon’, however, will always make me long for a simpler time.
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